School Resource Officers
In 2004, the Tahlequah Police Department developed a partnership with the Tahlequah Public School system to place full time CLEET certified Police Officers in the schools. There are currently four full time police officers assigned to Tahlequah Public Schools as school resource officers.
Officer Randy Jordan is assigned to the elementary schools: Greenwood, Sequoyah and Cherokee. Officer Brian Stanglin is assigned to the Tahlequah Middle School. Officer Reed Felts is assigned to the Tahlequah High School. Sergeant Marcus Sams is the Director of Operations at the Cherokee County Regimented Education Academy, Officer Brad Robertson is assigned to Heritage Elementary School. Some of the duties of a school resource officer (SRO) include: enforcing municipal, state and federal laws, truancy, home visits with social workers, interaction with students on a daily basis by acting as mentors and positive role models, talking with students in the classroom about drugs, gangs, bullying and law related material, provide assistance and recommendations with school security and safety procedures to school administration and superintendents' Offices.
School Resource Officers also participate in after school events and activities, such as Boys & Girls Club of Tahlequah and provide security at athletic events. SROs participate in several school committees, including: D.A.R.E., Crisis Management, Safe Schools and CARE Team (student assistance program). SROs frequently attend training in continuing education classes focusing on school safety, crisis management, bullying and crime prevention strategies.